12 Ways To Save Money On Gas
Don’t let rising gas prices keep you at home. Discover little ways to save big at the gas pump.
Driving around can be expensive, so, understandably, you’d want to find ways to save cash on gas. These 12 tips will show you how.
- Look for the cheapest price. When you have to put gas in your car, go to a gas station that charges the lowest price per gallon. Compare prices and find a gas station near you with the help of an app like GasBuddy.
- Drive, don’t wait. After starting your car, don’t hesitate to put it in gear and drive after 30 seconds. It’s unnecessary to warm up your engine if your vehicle is relatively new. Once your car is moving, it’ll warm up fast.
- Don’t be heavy on the pedal. When you’re out and about in your car, refrain from driving faster than the marked speed limit. Driving fast will have you spending more on gas because you use more of it when you speed. Instead, go slower to keep your gas cost down and take your foot off the gas pedal when you approach a stop sign or a red light. Also, step easy when you brake to avoid spending more than you have to on gas.
- Buy an electric car. If you’re ready to purchase a new car, consider buying an electric vehicle or a hybrid plug-in model. According to energy.gov, driving a vehicle that runs on electricity is half of what it costs to drive a car that runs on gas. A bonus of buying a plug-in hybrid is that when you buy one, you can apply for a tax credit of up to $7,500.
- Idle less. Turn the car key to stop the engine from running and using your gas when you’re stopped in heavy traffic or held up. Do this after waiting 10 seconds. You’ll save money by conserving gas when you do. You’ll also contribute to a healthier planet by polluting the air less.
- Keep your trunk light. Keeping 100 pounds of junk in your trunk will cost you more gas. Remove unnecessary items from the trunk to eliminate extra fuel charges.
- Keep nothing on your roof. Instead of transporting items by securing them to the roof of your car, lay them on the seat or the floor. If you drive around with anything on your roof, your gas economy is reduced by as much as 8 percent when you travel through the city and by up to 25 percent when you drive fast on the expressway.
- Avoid unnecessary air conditioning. Unless the heat is unbearable, leaving your air conditioner off may save you money. The use of this cooling system significantly lowers the gas economy. Instead, put your air conditioner on a setting that will allow your air conditioner to work less if it needs to cool down.
- Cut down on driving. Limit driving if you can and travel by bike instead. If you have errands to do, get them done in one trip. Once you turn off your engine and start it again to make another trip, your car has to warm up again, using more gas.
- Shop for gas rewards. There are several grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations that reward you with gas savings when you shop there. You accumulate points with your purchase at these stores, and the points can be redeemed for gas savings. Explore options near you to start saving money on gas.
- Use the right motor oil. Your vehicle’s manufacturer will recommend which motor oil you should put in your car. If you use a grade of oil other than the one recommended, the result could be less gas mileage. Check your vehicle’s manual for more information.
- Keep your car in top shape. Keep down the amount of gas you use by maintaining your car. Make sure your tires have the right amount of air in them at all times. In addition, spark plugs, brakes, belts, transmission, and fluid levels should all be checked frequently. Watch for an alert from your check engine light and take care of the problem right away.
It’s easy to save money on gas once you know how. Use these 12 tips to help you save, and keep a copy of this list handy as a reminder.
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